Follow Up Activities
Kids and/or Families Can Do!
Okay - This One is for the Whole Family!
You’ll need your whole family—and a deck of cards—to play this quick game. Shuffle the cards and then have everyone draw one and hold it up to their forehead without looking at their card.
Walk around the room and talk to each other. If you see someone with a high card (7-10) or a face card (jack, queen, king, ace), be kind to them. Don’t overdo it with drama, but just talk about life, being kind and respectful.
However, if someone has a low card (2-6), ignore them. Don’t be mean, but just try to avoid talking to them. Keep this up for a few minutes, and then have everyone try to guess what their number is, based on how everyone was treating them.
Talk about how it felt to be treated a certain way. If you had a low card, did it hurt your feelings when everyone treated you poorly? Or if you had a high card, how did it feel to try to ignore someone else?
END THE GAME BY GOING AROUND AND SHARING ONE KIND THING ABOUT EACH PERSON.
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS IN YOUR HEAD. WHO IN YOUR LIFE:
1) Are you most like?
2) Do you struggle being kind to?
3) Do you find is easiest to love?
4) Are you most different from?
Are your answers for one and three the same? And you probably got the same answer for two and four too, didn’t you? It’s natural to find it easier to be kind to the people that we relate to the most, the people who we “get,” and who understand us. But Jesus taught us that true kindness means being kind to everyone. Think of the Good Samaritan. He was considered an outcast, but he was kind to someone who was very different from him.
Today, find a way to reach out and be kind to the person (or people) you thought of for questions two and four. They don’t even have to know it was you—it could be a secret act of kindness—but do something kind to remind yourself how life is better when you’re kind to everyone.